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State Representative District 46

General Election: November 6, 2018Early Voting: October 22 - November 2, 2018

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    Sheryl Cole
    (Dem)

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    Kevin Ludlow
    (L)

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    Gabriel Nila
    (Rep)

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Biographical Information

What legislation would you support to provide quality public education for all children?

What changes to Texas gun laws would you support or oppose?

What are your top three budget priorities for the 2019 Legislative session?

What other issue do you consider most important and how would you address it?

Background I am an attorney and accountant by trade and have a long history of public service. I served on Austin City Council for 10 years and as Mayor Pro Tem.
Education Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Texas School of Law, 1991. Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Texas at Austin, 1986.
I will fight for every budget dollar possible for our public education system - we simply have not invested enough for our current population, let alone for growth for the future. I would also support legislation providing for all-day Pre-K and more accessible community colleges, technical, and vocational schools. Lastly, though very important to AISD, I am committed to examining and revising the recapture formula to put an end to the situation where our school district is sending half a billion dollars out across the state despite a majority of our students taking free or reduced lunch.
I am committed to working towards common sense solutions to gun violence, like universal background checks, increased age requirements, cooling off periods, and investments in community policing to prevent the violence before it occurs. Our existing background checks must be reinforced, to reduce the odds that a tragedy like Sutherland Springs, where the gunman purchased firearms despite a violent criminal background. Gun violence affects people of every race, gender, creed, and socioeconomic class. I believe we can form a diverse coalition to take direct action to make Texas a safer place.
Public Education, Healthcare, and Affordability. Regarding healthcare, I believe we should expand Medicaid, as those are federal dollars left on the table that would instantly help hundreds of thousands of Texans, but we also need to make our own investments into health and human services, community clinics, and mental healthcare. There is no single lever we can pull to make life more affordable, but I support public investments to reduce the cost of housing, transportation, and other major costs facing Texans in HD 46.
I believe strongly in guaranteeing and protecting our fundamental human, civil, and voting rights. I strongly oppose efforts to pass legislation like the recent SB 6, or “bathroom bill,” and other legislation that discriminates against the LGBTQ community. Likewise, I support the repeal of SB 4, the “show me your papers” law, and other anti-immigrant measures. I would vote in favor of online voter registration, expanded ballot by mail access, and to overturn Voter ID laws. My office will always be an ally to the underserved and oppressed populations of Texas.
Background Kevin Ludlow is a 21-year resident of the City of Austin. He is a small business owner, a community leader and a published author.
Education Kevin has a degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a variety of software and engineering certificates.
I have spent the better part of my adult life fighting for what I believe to be right. Rarely is this path the easiest, but it is one of passion and conviction. I believe in progressive values; I believe in the freedom of all people to live however they choose to provided they do not harm others. And most importantly, I do not believe that people's lives should be obstructed in any way by government. I have specifically spent the past six years running for the Texas House of Representatives. I have routinely answered questions like this one honestly and thoughtfully. Now I ask: why?
At the end of the day it simply does not matter. I hold a degree in mathematics from UT Austin and I can say that with absolute mathematical certainty, this does not matter. Mathematically, there is a 0% chance that this race can be determined by anything I say or do. I've garnered support in the past beyond my wildest expectations and I've done so by speaking honestly and directly to the public. But again, at the end of the day, this does not matter. These elections are pre-determined by the duopoly that owns this country - the Democrats and the Republicans. There is no other voice.
In 2014 I ran for this seat. As a first-time candidate I managed to out-fundraise an opponent who had held the seat for nearly two decades. Despite mounds of evidence in the balance of a federal indictment against said opponent, I was absolutely destroyed in the polls. People did not show up to vote for my opponent, rather they pushed a single digital button that read "Straight Party Vote". There is absolutely no chance whatsoever that any candidate from outside of the political duopoly can possibly play a role in the Texas legislature under our laws. Mathematically it is NOT possible.
I could spend another year providing readers with concise methods for how I would personally fight for each and every one of these issues. But why? Until we wake to the reality of how the political machine works, of how media drives this duopoly of power, and of how the rules have been engineered to ensure no other voices are actually heard, why should I provide an opinion when those who share it have already been rendered silent by the legislature? Please raise your voice and demand that ALL candidates be allowed to debate. Demand that ALL candidates are heard. That is democracy.
Background I am a Public School Teacher at an alternative education campus. I am also Executive Director of LULAC District XII and active in our community.
Education UT-El Paso: Bachelors in Multidisciplinary Studies Concordia: Masters in Education (graduation in December 2018)
My top priority is to work to end the School to Prison pipeline. The goal is to reduce mandatory placements for nonviolent offenses to an alternative education campus and provide behavioral and family support for our children. In addition, my goal is to submit legislation to help fix the funding of the education system so the State has a larger financial role.
I want the federal government to fix the errors that have been identified through the NICS system. In addition, I would support local law enforcement agencies to assist with gun store owners to verify if people selling guns to those stores are the legal owners before the sale can be completed. I am looking at supporting legislation to help students with additional behavioral campus support if they are found be illegally possessing firearms.
Making sure that we are properly funding education from the state level, TRS is properly funded, and work to correct the rising property taxes.
I want to expand the Compassionate Use Act so doctors can prescribe medicinal marijuana to more patients. The ultimate goal is to decriminalize and legalize the use of marijuana.